March/April 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 6

2014 Excellence in Environmental Education Awards Presented to Non-Formal Science Educators and Science Fair Students

Posted: Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

by Ray Ng

The California Environmental Education Foundation (CEEF) presented the 2014 Excellence in Environmental Education awards to two non-formal science educators at the California STEM Symposium on September 22 in San Diego.

CEEF Board member Rita Bell (director of Education Programs at the Monterey Bay Aquarium) is shown with Brian Brown (State Coordinator of the California Project WET program at the Water Education Foundation), recipients of a CEEF 2014 Excellence in Non-Formal Environmental Education award of a plaque (shown in insert) and $400.

CEEF Board member Rita Bell (director of Education Programs at the Monterey Bay Aquarium) is shown with Brian Brown (State Coordinator of the California Project WET program at the Water Education Foundation), recipients of a CEEF 2014 Excellence in Non-Formal Environmental Education award of a plaque (shown in insert) and $400.

CEEF Board Members Rita Bell, the director of Education Programs at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Dave Massey, Program Director of Exploring STEM Careers Initiative, presented the 2014 awards to Brian Brown, State Coordinator of the California Project WET program at the Water Education Foundation, and Biret Adden, Environmental Education Manager for the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose and Director of the BioSITE Program.

Brian and Biret were recognized as two non-formal science educators who have demonstrated excellence in environmental education. Each recipient received a $400 check and a plaque recognizing their accomplishments from CEEF.

Among other achievements, Brian has conducted 127 full Project WET workshops and an additional 50 workshops at the Forestry Institute for Teachers, which has resulted in professional development for 2,268 educators. Biret, as the Director of the BioSITE Program, manages curriculum development and training of high school students in field study and Environmental Education content so they can facilitate weekly field explorations with small teams of 4th-5th graders in watershed study sites.  This program reaches more than 1,000 students per year.

CEEF Board members Darryl Ramos-Young (left) and Ray Ng (right) present the CEEF Excellence in Environmental Education junior division award to Ananya Kathhik at the 2014 California State Science Fair.  Photo courtesy of the California State Science Fair.

CEEF Board members Darryl Ramos-Young (left) and Ray Ng (right) present the CEEF Excellence in Environmental Education junior division award to Ananya Kathhik at the 2014 California State Science Fair. Photo courtesy of the California State Science Fair.

Earlier this year, CEEF had also presented two Excellence in Environmental Education awards at the California State Science Fair on April 29 in Los Angeles.

CEEF Board Members Ray Ng and Darryl Ramos-Young presented the Junior Division Award to Ananya Kathhik, a seventh grade student at Challenger School in Sunnyvale for her project, “A Greener Cleaner: Investigating a Potential Biosorbent for the Removal of Heavy Metals from Aqueous Solutions.”

Stacey S. Sojiri and Kelly Y.Woo, 12th grade students at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in Rolling Hills Estates, received the Senior Division Award for their project, “The Potential Impact of Hyperion Treatment Plant’s Effluent on the Coastal Environment: Science Influencing Management.” The judges were impressed by the sophisticated environmental applications of complex scientific content, study, research and findings for both winning projects.

CEEF Board members Darryl Ramos-Young (far left) and Ray Ng (far right) present the CEEF Excellence in Environmental Education senior division award to Stacey S. Dojiri and Kelly Y. Woo at the 2014 California State Science Fair.  Photos courtesy of the California State Science Fair.

CEEF Board members Darryl Ramos-Young (far left) and Ray Ng (far right) present the CEEF Excellence in Environmental Education senior division award to Stacey S. Dojiri and Kelly Y. Woo at the 2014 California State Science Fair. Photos courtesy of the California State Science Fair.

One student each in the Junior Division and Senior Division were honored for science projects judged to be the best entries that exemplified the integration of environmental education with California science content. The winning students received a $500 check and certificate of excellence from CEEF.

The California Environmental Education Foundation (CEEF) is a statewide non-profit foundation established at the recommendation of the State Superintendent’s Environmental Education Task Force Steering Committee in 2003. It is a successor organization to the California Energy Education Forum. CEEF envisions the day when high caliber environmental education is fully integrated into the daily experience of all California students. CEEF’s mission is to promote environmental literacy and stewardship by identifying and coordinating efforts that support the highest standards of practice and increasing the flow of focused resources to those efforts.

Ray Ng is a Board Member for the California Environmental Education Foundation and was invited to submit to CCS by CSTA member Valerie Joyner

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